Pink Pedilanthus

kaktuskrisDecember 18, 2011

The leaves on my little Pedilanthus tithymaloides, now classified as Euphorbia tithymaloides, have coloured up to a nice pink in my south facing window.

Christopher

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Very nice!
Cool stem structure.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 18, 2011 at 11:07PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Chris!

You have yourself one nice unique plant there. Very nice! I could see a spot for one of those on my tiny leftover space in my sunny window sill:-)

Hello Josh.

Mike

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 1:15PM
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kathi_mdgd

Very nice,like the coloring on it.TFS
Kathi

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 4:03PM
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kaktuskris

Thanks for the comments!

Another name for this is Devil's Backbone. Don't know why this is not more popular than it is.

Christopher

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 5:59PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Not my cup of tea, but I will say it's different all right. Fist time I saw one I thought it was plastic except it was on a landscaped property, plastic wouldn't have made sense. I will admire its colors, very nice.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 8:58PM
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calif888(9)

Thanks for posting the photo. Never had seen one ot these. Neat pastel colors.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 11:04PM
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pennyhal(11Sunset23)

That is a great plant! The variety of color in the leaves and the crooked look of the stem makes for a very interesting plant. It looks so happy and well cared for! I would have never recognized it as a succulent.

I'm a newbie here and you've brought up something I don't know anything about. You said that it has been now classified as a Euphorbia. The plant's the same plant, so was it simply misclassified like a shoe being put in the wrong closet? Was something new observered about the plant that caused a name change? Who decides to change it? Maybe I should do a search and read up on this.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 2:03PM
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kaktuskris

Forgot to mention this is the variegated form. In lower light, the leaves will have white instead of pink.

When it comes to plant classification, it seems there are two types of people who do this; the lumpers and the splitters. The lumpers lump similar plants together in one big genus, while the splitters split them into smaller genera. The powers that be today are lumpers, while I side with the splitters. So they classified some plants I do not consider Euphorbia as Euphorbia, like Pedilanthus.

Christopher

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 9:31PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

When it blooms, does it have cyathia?

Josh

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 9:32AM
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pennyhal(11Sunset23)

Thanks, Christopher. That must be why there seems to be some confusion when it comes to identifing some plants. Sometimes when I am reading along, a book will say that a plant is also known as...and then lists a few other names/genera.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 1:55PM
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kaktuskris

Josh, that is another thing, the flowers do not resemble 'typical' cyathia of Euphorbia. In fact, an old misnomer for this plant was Red Bird Cactus, as the flowers were supposed to resemble a bird.

Christopher

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 6:29PM
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kaktuskris

Here is a link to Google Images of the flowers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pedilanthus flowers

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 7:06PM
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